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We've Moved!

As of May 24, 2016, antimicro has moved from to Additionally, project management has passed from Travis (Ryochan7) to the AntiMicro organization due to Travis having other interests and priorities.

So, thank you for your patience as we settle in. And a special thank you to the following GitHub users who have helped us make the transition:

  • 7185
  • DarkStarSword
  • est31
  • mtdeguzis
  • qwerty12
  • zzpxyx


antimicro is a graphical program used to map keyboard keys and mouse controls to a gamepad. This program is useful for playing PC games using a gamepad that do not have any form of built-in gamepad support. However, you can use this program to control any desktop application with a gamepad; on Linux, this means that your system has to be running an X environment in order to run this program.

This program is currently supported under various Linux distributions, Windows (Vista and later), and FreeBSD. At the time of writing this, antimicro works in Windows XP but, since Windows XP is no longer supported, running the program in Windows XP will not be officially supported. However, efforts will be made to not intentionally break compatibility with Windows XP.

Also, FreeBSD support will be minimal for now. I don't use BSD on a daily basis so the main support for FreeBSD is being offered by Anton. He has graciously made a port of antimicro for FreeBSD that you can find at the following URL:


This program is licensed under the GPL v.3. Please read the gpl.txt text document included with the source code if you would like to read the terms of the license. The license can also be found online at


Source code archives and Windows binaries are available from the antimicro Releases section on GitHub:

As well as on BinTray:

AntiMicro is currently in the official Fedora repository and can be installed with

$ sudo dnf install antimicro

For Debian and Debian-based distributions, such as Mint, Ubuntu, and Steam OS, please check the LibreGeek Repositories generously hosted by mtdeguzis:

AntiMicro is currently available for Slackware via SlackBuilds, thanks to NK and Klaatu:

Ubuntu users may also check the antimicro page on Launchpad:



Command line

Usage: antimicro [options] [profile]

-h, --help                     Print help text.
-v, --version                  Print version information.
--tray                         Launch program in system tray only.
--no-tray                      Launch program with the tray menu disabled.
--hidden                       Launch program without the main window
--profile <location>           Launch program with the configuration file
                               selected as the default for selected
                               controllers. Defaults to all controllers.
--profile-controller <value>   Apply configuration file to a specific
                               controller. Value can be a
                               controller index, name, or GUID.
--unload [<value>]             Unload currently enabled profile(s).
                               Value can be a controller index, name, or GUID.
--startSet <number> [<value>]  Start joysticks on a specific set.
                               Value can be a controller index, name, or GUID.
-d, --daemon                   Launch program as a daemon.
--log-level (debug|info)       Enable logging.
--eventgen (xtest|uinput)      Choose between using XTest support and uinput
                               support for event generation. Default: xtest.
-l, --list                     Print information about joysticks detected by
--map <value>                  Open game controller mapping window of selected
                               controller. Value can be a controller index or

Pre-made Profiles

There is a repository for pre-made antimicro profiles. Using a pre-made profile, you can have a controller layout that is suitable for playing a game without having to map everything yourself. It makes using antimicro really convenient. In order to use those pre-made profiles, you have to be running at least antimicro version 2.0 and antimicro must have been compiled with SDL 2 support.


An effort is now being done to utilize the Wiki section on GitHub more. Please check out the Wiki at to read various help pages that have been created. The Wiki is currently open to all GitHub users so feel free to add a new page or modify an existing page.

Build Dependencies

This program is written in C++ using the Qt framework. A C++ compiler and a proper C++ build environment will need to be installed on your system prior to building this program. Under Debian and Debian-based distributions like Ubuntu, the easiest way to get a base build environment set up is to install the meta-package build-essential. The following packages are required to be installed on your system in order to build this program:

  • g++
  • cmake
  • libqt4-dev (Qt 4 support) or qttools5-dev and qttools5-dev-tools (Qt 5 support)
  • libsdl2-dev (SDL 2) or libsdl1.2-dev (SDL 1.2)
  • libxi-dev (optional. Needed to compile with X11 and uinput support)
  • libxtst-dev (optional. Needed to compile with XTest support)
  • libX11-dev (optional when compiled with Qt 5 support)

Building under Linux

In order to build this program, open a terminal and cd into the antimicro directory. Enter the following commands in order to build the program:

cd antimicro
mkdir build && cd build
cmake ..
sudo make install

The installation path of antimicro can be customized by specifying the CMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX variable while running cmake.


This will install the antimicro executable to /usr/bin/antimicro. By default, the executable will be installed to /usr/local/bin/antimicro.

The cmake step will use pkg-config to attempt to find any SDL libraries that you have installed. The project is set up to look for a copy of SDL 2 followed by SDL 1.2. This behavior should work fine for most people. You can override this behavior by using the -DUSE_SDL_2 option when you run cmake. Using -DUSE_SDL_2=ON when you run cmake will mean that you want antimicro compiled with SDL 2 support. Using -DUSE_SDL_2=OFF when you run cmake will mean that you want antimicro compiled with SDL 1.2 support.

Here is an example of how to specify that you want antimicro to be compiled with SDL 2 support when you run qmake.

cmake -DUSE_SDL_2=ON ..

Building under Windows

Instructions provided by aybe @ Modified by Travis Nickles.

  • Download and install CMake:

  • You will need Qt with MinGW support: The current version of Qt that is being used to create builds is 5.6.0.

  • download SDL development package :

  • open the archive and drop the 'SDL2-2.0.3' folder in the 'antimicro' folder

  • open the project (CMakeLists.txt) in Qt Creator The CMake Wizard will appear the first time you open the project in Qt Creator.

  • Choose a Build Location. The recommendation is to create a "build" folder under the root antimicro folder and choose that for the build location.

  • In the Run CMake section, in the Arguments field, please input -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=<Path to MinGW Qt install> -DCMAKE_BUILD_TYPE=Release. Replace "<Path to MinGW Qt install>" with the actual path to your Qt installation. The default path for version Qt 5.6.0 is C:\Qt\Qt5.6.0\5.6\mingw49_32.

  • Choose "MinGW Generator" for the Generator option in the Run CMake section

  • Click the Run CMake button and then click Finish

  • In the main IDE window, open the Build menu and select "Build All" (Ctrl+Shift+B)

  • The application will need SDL2.DLL. A build step has been added to CMakeLists.txt in order to automate the process. Click the "Projects" icon in the sidebar to bring up the "Build Settings" section. Within "Build Steps", click the "Details" button on the Make entry. In the expanded menu, uncheck the "all" checkbox and then check the "copy_sdl_dll" checkbox and run "Build All".

  • At this point, antimicro has been built for Windows and is runnable from Qt Creator. A couple more steps are required in order to make a distributable package.

  • Under "Build Settings", expand the Make menu and check the "install" and "install_dlls" checkboxes.

  • Under the "Build" menu in the main window, select "Run CMake" and add -DCMAKE_INSTALL_PREFIX=<DIR> option and replace <DIR> with the directory that you want to install the application. The default for me is C:\Program Files (x86)\AntiMicro\ although I use a different directory when bundling the Window version for other users.

  • Run "Build All" to have the application and required DLLs installed into the final location that will be ready for distribution.

64 bit build

  • Some additional steps are required in order to compile a 64 bit version of antimicro. The first step is to download a packaged version of Qt and MinGW compiled for 64 bit from the Qt-x64 project @

  • You will have to manually create a new Kit in Qt Creator. In the main Qt Creator window, click the "Projects" button in the sidebar to bring up the "Build Settings" page for the project. Click on the "Manage Kits" button near the top of the page. Manually add the 64 bit compiled Qt version under "Qt Versions", add the 64 bit MinGW under "Compilers", and add the 64 bit gdb.exe under "Debuggers".

  • After creating a new kit in Qt Creator, bring up the "Build Settings" page for the project. Hover over the currently selected kit name and click the arrow that appears, hover over "Change Kit" and select the proper 64 bit kit that you created earlier.

  • Perform a clean on the project or delete the build directory that CMake is using. After that, choose the "Run CMake" option under the "Build" menu entry. The arguments that you pass to CMake will have to be changed. You will have to edit -DCMAKE_PREFIX_PATH=<Path to 64 bit MinGW Qt install> variable and have it point to the 64 bit compiled version Qt. Also, make sure to add -DTARGET_ARCH=x86_64 so that CMake will use the proper SDL libraries while building the program and copy the proper Qt and SDL DLLs if you perform an install_dlls.

Building the Windows Installer Package (MSI)

(these instructions have been tested with WiX 3.8)

  • you need to have WiX installed, grab it at

  • the building process relies on the WIX environment, it is recommended that you download the installer instead of the binaries as it it will set it up for you

  • if Qt Creator is running while you install or upgrade to a newer version then make sure to restart it as it will either not find that environment variable or fetch the old (incorrect) value from the previous version

  • to build the MSI package, click on the "Projects" icon in the sidebar, click the "Details" button on the make entry, uncheck all other options and check the "buildmsi" box.

  • currently it relies on INSTALL to copy files at the location they are harvested, this might change in the future

Notes about the WXS file and the building process :

  • the WXS file has been generated with WixEdit and manually modified to contain relative paths, it will only work from the 'windows' sub-folder (or any other)

  • WixCop can be run against the WXS file and it should not point out any errors as the WXS has been corrected previously with the -F switch

  • CNDL1113 warning : shortucts are advertised, left as-is as a nice feature about them is that if the program gets corrupted it will be repaired by Windows Installer, by design the shortcuts will not point to antimicro.exe as a regular LNK file

  • LGHT1073 warning : SDL2.DLL does not specify its language in the language column, not a big deal; it could be recompiled but it's pretty much a time waste as it would only prevent this warning

  • all of these warnings have been made silent through the use of command-line switches.

  • built MSI package will be placed in /windows

Testing under Linux

If you are having problems with antimicro detecting a controller or detecting all axes and buttons, you should test the controller outside of antimicro to check if the problem is with antimicro or not. The two endorsed programs for testing gamepads outside of antimicro are sdl-jstest (sdl2-jstest) and evtest. SDL 2 utilizes evdev on Linux so performing testing with older programs that use joydev won't be as helpful since some devices behave a bit differently between the two systems.


In order to obtain support, you can post an issue on the antimicro GitHub page or you can email me at Please include antimicro somewhere in the subject line of the email message or it might be skipped.

Ideas For Future Features

This section is where some of the ideas for future features for this program will be written.

  • Allow buttons to be bound to actions.
  • Use uinput by default and fallback to XTest if necessary. (MOSTLY DONE)
  • Move simulated event generation to a new thread.
  • Allow logging as long as it doesn't cause button lag.
  • Allow notes to be added to a profile in various places.

Along with this, I will put the simple mind map that I am using to write ideas for future development into the repository for this program. The mind map will include extra notes that are not available in this README. Opening the mind map will require the use of the program FreeMind which can be downloaded from


New translations as well as updates to current translations are always welcome. Please refer to


A big inspiration for this program was the program QJoyPad ( I was a user of the program for years and it is unfortunate that the program is no longer being maintained. The source code for QJoyPad was an invaluable resource when I made the first version of this program and the UI for this program mostly resembles QJoyPad.


Original Developer

Travis Nickles


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Jeff Backus
Arthur Moore
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Graphical program used to map keyboard buttons and mouse controls to a gamepad. Useful for playing games with no gamepad support






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